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"Christian Aid, for example, called this month on Gordon Brown to ‘push for the EU to suspend its talks with Israel on upgrading relations’: because Israel was ‘in breach of international humanitarian law in targeting civilians in Gaza, Christian Aid holds that these talks must be suspended.’ The only effect of this intervention was to demonstrate that Christian Aid has taken sides in the conflict between Israel and Hamas (it is in fact the latter which actually ‘targets civilians’). Christian Aid can thus no longer be considered an honest broker when it insists that its role in delivering aid will be completely free of any political interference – a particular concern for the BBC given that one of its 10 internal ‘Guiding Principles of Impartiality’ contains the following: ‘Those that use campaigns should remember that campaigners have an agenda and should not generally be regarded as objective observers of a situation: charity workers … for instance.’ Of course, no mainstream British politician will ever dare criticise Christian Aid – it would be like spitting in Church. This is especially true of politicians in the field of International Development, whose entire sense of self-esteem is conditional on the approval of the NGOs."